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England coach Fabio Capello says he and Rio Ferdinand have cleared the air over his decision to strip the defender of the England captaincy in March.

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Capello came under fire for reinstating John Terry as skipper for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales in the absence of the injured Ferdinand, with the United defender not willing to meet him to talk about the move until now.

"We shook hands, the relationship is fantastic," Capello revealed. "I told him what really happened when I decided to make the decision to give the armband to John Terry. He told me what he thought in this period. The relationship is perfect. We spoke personally and privately."

Terry also insisted he and Ferdinand are comfortable as team-mates as they prepare to play together for the first time in 13 months against Switzerland at Wembley.

Terry said: ''Things are not uncomfortable between us, not at all. Rio has got an awful lot to give in the dressing room anyway which he naturally will, like the (other) older players in the squad.

''We made contact before anything happened between ourselves. It stays private between us but it is all okay and very much similar to when I lost the armband to Rio. I made contact with him and he was fine. It was just about doing the right thing for our country.

''We are in a privileged position to play for our country, we've both experienced being captain which is the greatest honour of all. We fully support each other.''

Terry is hoping the pair of them can enjoy an extended spell in the side ahead of the Euro 2012 finals - assuming England qualify.

He said: ''Since Rio has come back from his injury at Manchester United, he has looked awesome again. We haven't played as much as we would have liked together with England. But it is a chance now to maybe start together and build on from there.

''Hopefully in the next year it can put us in the right position in the group to qualify and have our partnership cemented.''

Terry also believes the relationship between head coach Fabio Capello and Ferdinand, plus all the other players, is healthy.

He said: ''It is not just the relationship between those two guys (Ferdinand and Capello), it's the manager's relationship with everyone.

''I think over the years it has got better and better every time we meet up with the understanding of him, knowing what he likes and what makes him tick and him knowing what makes us tick. I think we've got a really good balance at the moment of where we are.''


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